Babylon Exhibition

February 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm / by

Here’s the letter I wrote to the Camden New Journal this week –

Dear Editor

I’m ashamed to admit that despite living next to the British Museum, I rarely venture inside. Well I decided to implement my new year’s resolution of injecting more culture into my life and attended the ‘Babylon: Myth and Reality’ exhibition.

The exhibition depicts the history of Babylon from 605 to 562BC during Nebuchadnezzar’s rule. The musty room contains paintings of the hanging gardens, glazed brick relief of the ‘mushussu’ dragon and interpretations of the legendary Tower of Babel. To add to the surreal experience, overhead speakers act as the ‘voices of Babylon’ translating excerpts from ancient inscriptions.

The exhibition finishes with modern references to Saddam Hussein’s attempts to rebuilt Nebuchadnessar’s palace, the damage to Babylon as a result of the Iraq War and the need to protect Iraq’s cultural heritage.

So fellow Camdeners – take a leaf out of my book and visit this insightful exhibition in our borough before it finishes mid March.